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How A Blood Clot During Pregnancy Led Me to Fertility Awareness

Jeanette Lundgren BSN, MN by Jeanette Lundgren BSN, MN

Natural Womanhood, Fertility Awareness Based Methods, Natural Family Planning, NFP, FABM, FAM, birth control side effects, womens health, reproductive health, fertility awareness, taking charge of your fertility, know more about your body, understanding fertility, understanding fertility health, improving fertility health, improving women's health, natural birth control, pregnancy blood clot, pins and needles, copper IUD, IUD, non-hormonal

Twenty-six weeks into my first pregnancy, I was solidly in the “honeymoon phase” of the second trimester. After finally emerging from the fog of fatigue and nausea, we were preparing the nursery, discussing baby names, and excitedly feeling our baby’s kicks. Unfortunately, our blissful and carefree experience was about to be drastically interrupted by the […]

“Isn’t NaProTechnology Just Charting?” and other questions: A Natural Womanhood NaPro FAQ

Natural Womanhood by Natural Womanhood

What is NaProTechnology?

We talk a lot about the benefits of Natural Procreative Technology (known as “NaProTechnology,” or simply “NaPro”) here at Natural Womanhood. But if you’re just joining the movement for truly restorative reproductive medicine, you might be a bit unclear about what NaProTechnology really is.  With this latest Natural Womanhood FAQ, we will be diving into […]

Reasons Women Need Periods: The Role of the Menstrual Cycle in Heart Health

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

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Welcome back for our third installment of “Reasons Women Need Periods,” a series dedicated to taking a deep dive into some of the reasons women actually need their cycles for optimal health. This week we examine periods and heart health. The two primary female reproductive hormones are estrogen and progesterone. When estrogen zigs, progesterone zags. […]

How Charting My Cycles with Fertility Awareness Saved My Life

Nia Husk by Nia Husk

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When I was in college was when I first heard about Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FABM) and about six months before I was to be married, I learned how to chart a specific method. A few months after we were married, we went on a trip to Guatemala, and while we were there I was charting […]

FDA Approves Phexxi, the First Non-Hormonal Female Contraceptive Gel

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On May 22, the FDA approved Phexxi, a non-hormonal contraceptive gel used for “the prevention of pregnancy in females of reproductive potential for use as an on-demand method of contraception.” The drug is the first of its kind, working by changing vaginal pH to make the vaginal environment more acidic, and therefore inhospitable to sperm. […]

How Whole30 Helped Me Manage my PCOS and Overcome Infertility

Rebekah Firestine by Rebekah Firestine

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My husband and I were married in April of 2015. We celebrated our five-year anniversary with a delicious dinner—a Whole30 take on the burrito bowl. It wasn’t an accident. The Whole30, a 30-day lifestyle change encouraging the consumption of whole foods while restricting sugar, milk, grains, alcohol, and other foods, has played an integral part […]

My Journey to Find Real Treatment for PCOS

Maria Brown by Maria Brown

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When Maria was in high school, her health seemed pretty normal. Her period stopped for months at a time before starting back up again, which she didn’t think much about until her pediatrician decided to take a closer look at the situation. Suddenly, Maria and her health were on a rollercoaster journey, which eventually led […]

Remembering Marilyn Shannon, Author of ‘Fertility, Cycles & Nutrition’

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Marilyn Shannon died from cancer on May 17, 2020, but her spirit lives on in her work, and in the spiritual kinship forged with the countless women and couples who turned to her book for help in their struggles with fertility.  “The first thing you need to do when you get home is order Fertility, […]

12 Relatable Instagram Accounts for New Moms to Follow

Rachel Wilkerson by Rachel Wilkerson

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My evening essentials for the first few blurry weeks of being a new mom have included enormous glasses of water, muslins for midnight burpings, emergency granola bars for marathon nursing sessions, and my smartphone. With a baby inclined toward reflux, I often spend the early hours of the morning holding him upright in one hand […]

Reasons Women Need Periods: The Role of the Menstrual Cycle in Bone Health & Development

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

Natural Womanhood, Fertility Awareness Based Methods, Natural Family Planning, NFP, FABM, FAM, birth control side effects, womens health, reproductive health, fertility awareness, taking charge of your fertility, know more about your body, understanding fertility, understanding fertility health, improving fertility health, improving women's health, natural birth control, reasons you need a period, reasons women need periods, ovulate, menstruate, ovulation, menstruation, bone health, bone development, bone density, osteoporosis, prevent osteoporosis, cycling for bone health, menstrual cycle and bone health, cycles and bone health, ovulation and bone health

Welcome back for our second installment of “Reasons Women Need Periods,” a series dedicated to taking a deep dive into some of the reasons women actually need their cycles for optimal health. This week: Bone health and development. When you think about cycling and menstruation, you don’t typically think about your bone health. But important […]